US to Russia: How Dare You Place an Aid Center So Close to Our Occupation Troops in Serbia!
Fri, Jun 23, 2017
Speaking to the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a US State Department official in charge of relations with countries in the Balkans, Hoyt Bryan Yee, lamented:
"I am concerned by this so-called humanitarian center, not so much for what it is now, but what it might become, if it receives what Russia has been asking from Serbia, which is some kind of special status, a protected diplomatic status or other immunity. We don't believe that Russia has good intentions, from our standpoint, in our contacts, which is, trying to help the Balkans move closer to its goal of integration with Europe. We believe Russia's trying to prevent that path, progress on that path."Please take a deep breath and appreciate the full deliciousness of what Yee is saying here.
"The creation of some kind of center in Nis, very close to the border with Kosovo, where we still have over 600 US troops, there's a large, over 4,000, NATO-led peacekeeping force, would not be a positive development, especially if individuals, or the facility itself, had special immunity," Yee said.
"It's important - we've shared this with the government of Serbia - that Serbia be in full control of its territory and facilities on its territory. If it allows Russia to create some kind of special center for espionage or other nefarious activities, it will lose control over a part of its territory," said the US State Department officials.
If the US is so concerned that Serbia should be in control of its territory it can start implementing UNSC Resolution 1244 and allow the return of Serbian police to its Kosovo province. As for facilities on its territory that Serbia should be in control of, how about "Camp Bondsteel", one of the largest US bases in Europe?
Next, the Russian humanitarian center in Niš is a worrying development because it is too close to US soldiers?
Oh, no. How can 4,000 NATO troops possibly deal with a Russian humanitarian center in their back yard? Setting up a humanitarian center 80 kilometers from NATO troops occupying a foreign country—clearly Russian aggression has no bounds.
Given the increased US attempts to have it closed, however, the Russians have become spooked that some of Serbia's many pro-western activists and politicians might frame their personnel as criminals or spies, and have recently asked to be given diplomatic status and corresponding immunity.